Jonathan Reynolds MP

Campaigning for the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield

Tameside_Carers_Centre.JPG Jonathan Reynolds, Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, recently  attended the opening of the newly re-located Tameside Carers Centre at Hyde Town Hall.

 Since it was first launched in 1995, Tameside Carers Centre has gone from  strength to strength, providing free, impartial confidential information and support  for people who are spending a significant proportion of their time providing unpaid  support for a member of their family.

 Commenting on the opening, Mr Reynolds said:

“It was a pleasure to visit the new facility at Hyde Town Hall and to meet the staff who will be running the service, especially during Carers week, a national week of campaigning to highlight the valuable work of carers.

Tameside Carers centre offers an important and valuable service for unpaid carers, not just across my constituency but across Tameside and I pay tribute to the staff who are here to help the hundreds from our area who are supporting people close to them each and every day.”

Tameside Carers centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm for drop-ins. People can also call the centre to book an appointment outside of these times if necessary. The centre also has an email address, Facebook page and telephone number during office hours as below.

Tel number: 0161 342 3344

Email: carerscentre@tameside.gov.uk

 

Jonathan Reynolds MP is pictured with Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Brenda Warrington, Executive Member Adult Social Care and Wellbeing and members of the Tameside Carers team.

Jonathan Reynolds MP opens re-located Tameside Carers Centre in Hyde

 Jonathan Reynolds, Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde, recently  attended the opening of the newly re-located Tameside Carers Centre at Hyde Town Hall.  Since it was first launched in...

MP Reynolds secures meeting with Transport Minister about transport improvements in Londgendale

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds today (Thursday 11th June) raised the issue of transport improvements around Londgendale in Parliament for this first time following the General Election, with the Transport Minister agreeing to meet with him. There had been some positive announcements from the Government previously on this issue following Mr Reynolds’ tireless campaigning on this issue, and he was keen to make sure it stayed at the top of the Government’s agenda.

Speaking in Transport Questions in the Commons, Mr Reynolds highlighted how the scheme would benefit the people of Longdendale, and also the wider area with greater connectivity between Manchester and South Yorkshire. Mr Reynolds also stated that there will still issues that needed to be sorted out however, and the Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP was happy to accept the request for a meeting.

Mr Reynolds said:

“I believe that one of the most important decisions in the previous Parliament was the decision to proceed with the Mottram Bypass. A number of issues still need to be resolved however, such as whether Hollingworth will benefit directly, and also the feasibility of building a new tunnel under the Pennines.

The Mottram Bypass will be of huge benefit to my constituents,  so I am pleased that the Transport Minister has agreed to meet with me where I will be putting these issues to him”.

You can see the exchange in the Commons chamber by clicking here.

Jonathan Reynolds MP secures meeting with Transport Minister about transport improvements in Londgendale

MP Reynolds secures meeting with Transport Minister about transport improvements in Londgendale Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds today (Thursday 11th June) raised the issue of transport improvements around Londgendale...

Silver_Springs1.JPGSilver Springs Academy Receive Special Commendation in Parliament

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was delighted to see the governing body of Silver Springs Academy, based in Stalybridge, rewarded for their hard work at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 9th June). The ceremony, organised by the National Governors’ Association, was to recognise outstanding governance, and Silver Springs were one of only 6 schools, chosen from the whole of England and Wales, to make the final cut.

The awards were hosted on the Terrace of the Houses of Parliament, overlooking the River Thames, and featured speeches from the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt MP, who also handed out awards. Whilst Silver Springs were ultimately not successful in claiming the top prize, they did receive a special commendation from the judges for their skill, teamwork and clarity of direction, and for the fantastic work the governing body have done at Silver Springs.

A beaming Mr Reynolds said:

“It is absolutely fantastic that the hardworking governing body at Silver Springs have been recognised for the brilliant work they have done at the school. The special commendation from the judges is no less than they deserve, and my perhaps slightly biased opinion they should have won!

As someone who was previously a school governor, I know what is involved in this very important role. School governing bodies across Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale work incredibly hard, often in challenging circumstances, and I pay tribute to them all.”

Pictured with Jonathan is Silver Springs Headteacher Deborah Mason, and Tony Powell from New Charter

Silver Springs Academy Receive Special Commendation in Parliament

Silver Springs Academy Receive Special Commendation in Parliament Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was delighted to see the governing body of Silver Springs Academy, based in Stalybridge, rewarded for...

Jonathan_Reynolds_MP.jpgInformation uncovered by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has forced the Government to admit that the planned electrification of the TransPennine rail line between Manchester and York has been delayed, with no date set for completion.

In a written answer to Mr Reynolds, Rail Minister Andrew Jones conceded that work would be delayed as Network Rail have decided that more work will be needed than originally planned. Mr Reynolds also plans to write to both the Minister and Network Rail to demand a meeting.

The electrification of the route was first announced in November 2011 as part of a wider programme to improve rail services in the North of England. The Manchester to York electrification would include stations such as Stalybridge, Guide Bridge and Leeds, with work originally expected to be completed by December 2018 which has now been plunged into doubt following the Government’s admission.

Commenting on the Government’s admittance that the work was to be delayed, a furious Mr Reynolds said:

“I am incredibly disappointed by the admission today by the Government and Network Rail that work on the TransPennine rail line will not be completed on time.

We are now in a situation where passenger numbers are increasing at stations like Stalybridge and Mossley and this electrification is badly needed, yet the Government and Network rail cannot even give a set date when the delayed work will be completed. This is unacceptable, and I will be writing to the Rail Minister and Network Rail to demand a meeting with both.”

Jonathan Reynolds MP slams Government for delays to TransPennine electrification

Information uncovered by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has forced the Government to admit that the planned electrification of the TransPennine rail line between Manchester and York has been...

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Today (Monday 8th June) marks the start of Carers week and I was delighted to attend a drop-in event for MP’s in Parliament to highlight the start of this week’s important campaign.

The aim of Carers week is to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face up and down the country; not least in areas such as ours. Roughly one in eight people from across the whole of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale is a carer, and each day they are doing what they can to make life a little better for those close to them.

Representatives from organisations such as Age UK, Carers UK and the MS Society were present to offer advice to MP’s on how to support constituents who are carers, and to suggest ways MP’s can speak up for carers in Parliament. With recent evidence showing that full time-time carers are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers, and that nearly half of carers are struggling to make ends meet, I was more than happy to pledge my support, and I will continue to support and speak up for carers in Parliament.

Speaking up for carers in Parliament

Today (Monday 8th June) marks the start of Carers week and I was delighted to attend a drop-in event for MP’s in Parliament to highlight the start of this week’s...

Irene_lONDON.jpgLast week I was delighted to be able to welcome Mossley residents Irene Raddings and Marie Milne to London in recognition of their fantastic work in the community in Mossley. Every year I can nominate two community activists to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, and this year both Irene and Marie stood out for me. They both had a great time at the Palace, and they assured me that the cucumber sandwiches were of the highest quality. It was also a privilege to be able to give them a personal tour of the House of Parliament afterwards, ending with them taking in the views of London on the Terrace.

Their accommodation was kindly paid for by New Charter, and the day even got off to best possible start when they were upgraded to First Class free of charge on the train down by Virgin Trains.

Irene and Marie, who was also previously a Town Councillor, do outstanding work in their community in Mossley, and so it was only right that they were recognised for this. They are both important members of Mossley Town Team working to improve Mossley town centre, and also doing great work as part of the Micklehurst Estate Residents Association (MERA). They were fully deserving of being rewarded in this way, and I know that they will continue to work hard and be a huge positive part of the community in Mossley.

Community Champions visit Queen and Parliament

Last week I was delighted to be able to welcome Mossley residents Irene Raddings and Marie Milne to London in recognition of their fantastic work in the community in Mossley....

Commenting on the news that arrests have been made following the recent attacks in Hyde, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said:

“I am pleased that arrests has been made following these two disgraceful attacks and I again want to send my best wishes to the victims.

It is important to remember that for our area, attacks like this are very rare and I would like to thank the police for acting so quickly in identifying the possible perpetrators.

I will keep in close contact with the police on this matter, and look forward to further progress being made.”

MP welcomes arrests after violent attacks

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I wanted to use this first website post following the general election to say thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. I have said this many times before, but representing the place I am proud to call home is the best job in the world. Not a day goes by where I don’t reflect on the great responsibility that brings.

 But election victories are a time for humility, not hubris. I believe our area faces significant challenges, especially on issues like housing, transport, public health, skills and employment.  We need a Member of Parliament who is ready to go to Westminster and make their voice heard, but who is also rooted and active in the community, willing to listen to people’s concerns and offer assistance when needed. Whatever your political views and however you voted in the election, I will be that representative.

 I am of the firm belief that politics is the pursuit of noble causes; about how we can make the world around us a better place for each and every one of us. It is up to myself and my colleagues in Parliament to represent the best interest of our constituents, and that is exactly what I intend to do in the coming months and years. 

Thank you to everyone who supported me in the election. It is a great honour to serve you in Parliament and I look forward to working with you over the next five years.

Jonathan

PS. You can watch the declaration for our constituency here: https://youtu.be/-6Ten-PLI_o

Thank you for your support

I wanted to use this first website post following the general election to say thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. I have said this many times...

As you may know Parliament has now been dissolved and a General Election will take place on May 7th. This means there is no longer an MP for our constituency (or any constituency) until the election has taken place.

Therefore if you are contacting me regarding specific assistance you require from an MP, unfortunately I cannot take up your case at present. Casework is extremely important to me but there are strict rules ensuring sitting MPs do not have unfair advantages over other candidates whilst the election is taking place. If your issue is a local matter (waste, social services, education, town centres etc.), I recommend contacting your local councillor. You can do this by entering your postcode into this Tameside Council website: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/forms/wards.php3

If it is a more general matter, I recommend contacting Tameside Citizen’s Advice on 0161 342 5005.

If you are still in need of assistance after May 7th and I have been re-elected, please get in touch with me again.

If you are contacting me about the General Election – such as an enquiry as to my view on a matter – then thank you. I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

With best wishes

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Please note: This site was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved there are no MPs until after the Election on 7th May 2015.

Important! Parliament dissolved - please read

As you may know Parliament has now been dissolved and a General Election will take place on May 7th. This means there is no longer an MP for our constituency...

Jonathan_Reynolds_MP_and_Nick_Donovan_FTPE_MD_celebrate_the_launch_of_new_rail_services_from_Stalybridge_2.jpgMP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of a new rail service for Manchester-bound commuters, after conducting a survey that highlighted over-crowding of current services.

Mr Reynolds highlighted the concerns about over-crowding to bosses at First TransPennine Express earlier this year, after conducting his own survey of passengers at Stalybridge Railway Station.

This week the train operating company announced that they would introduce a new 07.28 service from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly.

And – in a further attempt to ease overcrowding – the company is putting additional carriages on the 07.50 service from the town to Manchester Oxford Road.

On Friday Mr Reynolds joined First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan at the station to mark the addition of the new service, which will begin on December 14.

“This is great news for the residents of Stalybridge, providing greater travel options in the busiest part of the day,” said Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds.

“I have worked with First TransPennine Express to further improve the timetable and am delighted that they will be providing more seats and more services.”

In addition to the improvements to morning services First TransPennine Express are doubling the number of carriages on the 17.07 service from Manchester Oxford Road to Stalybridge, from three to six.

The increase in services follows a package of improvements in the station facilities over recent years.

Commenting on the improvements, First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan said: ““I am delighted that we have been able to provide a solution for Stalybridge that sees more services and more seats when customers need them most.

“Customer feedback has enabled these improvements which along with the 50,000 extra seats a week across the Pennines, introduced in May 2014, means that Stalybridge now has a wonderful new station and excellent rail connections to the major cities of the north.”

 

New seats and services for Stalybridge rail users

MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of a new rail service for Manchester-bound commuters, after conducting a survey that highlighted over-crowding of current services. Mr Reynolds highlighted the concerns...

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